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The Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) is honoured to have its leadership and delivery of New Zealand AgriFood Week recognised at the Economic Development New Zealand Awards 2018.

New Zealand AgriFood Week received Highly Commended for Best Practice in Innovation at the EDNZ Awards, which was presented at the Economic Development New Zealand Annual Conference Gala Dinner, in the Bay of Islands, on October 18.

New Zealand AgriFood Week, in association with ASB, is held in Manawatū in March each year and encompasses a series of events dedicated to developing the country’s primary industries, in the lead up to Central District Field Days. Each event features international and national industry experts across food production and agribusiness, as decision makers and thought leaders come together to drive conversations and shape the future of New Zealand’s agrifood industry.

CEDA Chief Executive Linda Stewart and Economic Development Manager Sarah Gauthier accepted the award on behalf of CEDA.

“The Awards celebrate and promote best practice in economic development across New Zealand, so to have New Zealand AgriFood Week recognised and applauded by central government is hugely humbling for the team who deliver this significant week,” says Linda Stewart.

CEDA manages the week as part of its work to develop the agrifood and tech sector, grow and retain education and talent in the region and reinforce Palmerston North and Manawatu’s leadership and capabilities in food research, development, innovation and production.

The week’s success is made even greater by partner events and organisations like ASB, Massey University, Fairfax, The Factory (formerly BCC), Talent Central and more.

“ASB is proud to sponsor New Zealand AgriFood Week, the only week-long event focused on showcasing primary food production and innovation in the New Zealand agri sector,” says ASB Rural General Manager, Richard Hegan. “We are thrilled the event has received this recognition, which highlights the country’s great strengths in primary production.”

CEDA would like to extend thanks to all partnering organisations, guest speakers and attendees who contribute to the Week’s success.

“This recognition should be celebrated by everyone who is involved in the week,” says Ms Stewart.

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